Summary: You will be unable to recognize the signs of the times or hear the Spirit’s voice without and intimate relationship with Jesus and His Word. I believe the Spirit is saying to us today “be ready – watch - get ready!”
Series: What is the Spirit Saying?
Opening thought: I received this insight – knowledge to do this series while I spent a week at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. I answered this question by asking many ministers, pastors, Bible teachers and by prayer “What they think the Spirit is saying today?” This is a combination of their answers and it will give you knowledge and even power if you apply these messages to your life.
Quote: from: http://www.holyspiritinteractive.net/columns/fiomascarenhas/scripturallyspeaking/30.asp
The expression, "what the Spirit says to the churches" occurs in each of the seven letters to the particular churches. In these letters, Christ refers to the merits and failings of each community, and offers appropriate encouragement or reproaches. The letters end with an exhortation, either for the church to change its ways (Ephesus, Pergamum, Sardis, and Laodicea) or to persevere in fidelity (Smyrna, Thyatira, and Philadelphia). The church that receives the most severe reprimand (Laodicea) is not accused of any grave fault but Christ condemns the existing state of tepidity and self-satisfaction ("neither hot nor cold"-3:15); this community enjoys material well-being and the absence of persecution. Such an enjoyment brings on pride which, in folding man in on himself, closes him to every gift from Christ. But Christ’s severe reproof is inspired by his love: for whoever will give attention to the call of Christ and will open to him ("Behold, I stand at the door and knock") will participate with the Lord in the joys of the banquet in the time that is to come.
Many churches across America today match one of the 7 churches addressed in Revelation. I do believe the Spirit of the Lord is speaking to His church today to prepare them for what is to come. If I were to pick a church which parallels us at Christian Hills I would choose Laodicea so let’s read what Jesus says to that church. So think carefully, meditate on this section of Scriptures as I read it to you today.
To the Church in Laodicea
14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.
15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
17You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
19Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.
20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
21To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.